Updated 03/18/2013 10:22 PM
City Lawmakers Want More Speed Cameras As DOT Studies Speeding By Schools
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The mayor and some City Council leaders were pushing Monday for speed cameras throughout the five boroughs, as the Department Of Transportation released a map of 100 locations where a study found at least 75 percent of tracked traffic speeds past nearby public schools.
While the exact methodology of the DOT study is not known, the department says the worst spots in each borough are P.S. 60 on Staten Island, P.S. 54 in Queens and P.S. 233 in Brooklyn, where 100 percent of vehicles sped past; P.S. 48 in Manhattan, where 97 percent of vehicles sped past; and P.S. 81 in the Bronx, where 96 percent of vehicles sped past.
Transportation officials say that speed is the single greatest contributing factor to traffic deaths, leading to 81 of the 274 fatalities in 2012.
Meanwhile, the City Council's Transportation Committee held a Monday night meeting in Lower Manhattan where members prepared a resolution to ask state lawmakers to grant the city permission to use 20 to 40 speed cameras in problem areas around schools and senior centers.
The committee chairman, Bronx Chairman James Vacca, expects the council to pass the resolution.
"It would be a misdemeanor, fine, but right now our police department needs more resources to do speeding enforcement, but even giving them their resources doesn't mean that cameras could not be an important weapon for us to also use," said Vacca. "There's not a meeting I go to in my own district I go to where people are not talking about how fast cars go."
AAA released a Monday statement to NY1 saying, "The city is not doing red light cameras right so giving the authority to do speed cameras would be a huge mistake. There is no substitute for visible law enforcement."
The council is expected to vote on the resolution on Thursday.
The speed limit through most areas of the city is 30 mph.